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Spectrum Employees Share How to Recognize Black History All Year Long

This February, we will be recognizing Black History Month by sharing the perspectives of some of our Black employees on the importance of this month. Please join us this February by following along on our social media and our Life at Spectrum blog.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month means remaining constant in leading with bold intention, connection, and service. Knowing the sacrifices of those who came before me keeps me grounded in the present and reminds me to keep going, show up, and pay it forward.

What advice do you have for celebrating Black History Month all year?

Be Curious. Curiosity is the first step in seeking understanding to connect to others who are different from you. Start a dialogue that allows for honest perspectives and insight exchanges that encourage change and seeks common ground. Communing over good food and shared experiences is a great way to start!

What does Black History Month mean to you?

When I was younger, I believed Black History Month was only about the pioneers of the civil rights movement. The month was a time to reflect on the achievements of the innovative, intelligent, hard-working, and courageous individuals that demanded a seat at the table. As an adult black man, Black History Month means much more than just learning about the past. Black History Month is not only about the past but includes the present and the future. I see the 28 days as a daily reflection on looking for opportunities where we as a nation can rejoice over the change that has occurred and continue striving for equality.

What advice do you have on celebrating Black History Month all year long?

Some great ways I continue to celebrate Black History throughout the year are by visiting museums and learning different aspects of the culture that African Americans have created. I continue to learn about my African American heritage and seek ways to become involved in the community and promote change.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

To me, Black History Month is a time to celebrate past, present and future. I see the joy and magic of Black History Month in the smiles of Black faces everywhere I look.

We celebrate our past through stories not printed in books or a part of everyday school curriculum. We ingest those stories and summon a smile. We smile to say “Thank you” to those who made our freedom to celebrate our blackness in the present possible. We smile at the hope the future holds.

What advice do you have on celebrating Black History Month all year long?

Black History is American History. To celebrate Black History all year long, whenever or wherever the history of our country is celebrated, so should the history of Black people.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a reflection of gratitude to honor our ancestors and those who have made significant contributions for our culture during all periods of U.S. history. It’s acknowledging the positive strides made toward racial equality for future generations to come. It’s also a time to highlight and celebrate the achievements that African Americans have accomplished despite the history of racial discrimination, inequalities, and enslavement through our resilience.

What advice do you have on celebrating Black History Month all year long?

Taking the opportunity to dive deeper into Black History and research important events, milestones, leaders, and innovators of the past, that were not part of a school curriculum. By learning more about Black History yourself, you can aid in sharing what you’ve learned with the youth and others. Visiting museums, libraries, and film screenings are interactive ways to enjoy individually, or with family and friends.

Find ways to become involved in the advocacy of human rights and equality. Support Black owned businesses and organizations focused on Diversity & Inclusion.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month for me is primarily based on the importance of the recognition and celebration of prominent black figures in history. Some of the figures that come to mind are Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, and Bob Marley, who all championed campaigns against injustice in the society. Also George Washington Carver, who was known for being a great inventor. By designating a particular time to recognize black history, it forces conversations that help to maintain racial equality. It also inspires, not only people from Afro communities, but everyone to have a fighting spirit and to be the best human they can be.

What advice do you have for celebrating Black History Month all year long?

My advice is to continuously acknowledge the accomplishments of these great historical black figures all year long. The idea is to inspire everyone, whether black, any other minority group, or the entire population, to have self-worth and be ready to represent themselves in a positive way with their contributions in the workforce, and the world at large.

We aim to foster an inclusive culture and workplace where each and every person is empowered to create a dynamic and lasting career. No matter your background, identity, or beliefs, we welcome you to explore a career with us.

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